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Troy’s Toys : Toy Fair 2015 part 1

I did a thing on Monday! A thing being street for “Attended Toy Fair 2015 at the Javitis Center  for the very first time!” in case you’re not in the know.

Anywho, fun Toy Fair fact- you can’t see the big boys of toys ( Hasbro/Lego/Mattel) without appointments. Apparently a guest badge has less power at Toy Fair that I was lead to believe, so I missed out seeing all the cool Marvel figures I wanted to steal.

What I did see, aside from an alarmingly amount of educational toys, are some cool action figures that will be dropping over the next year. Also fun fact: everyone wants to be Funko now. Despite the fact that Funko has the license to do ANYTHING at this point, so it seems kinda redundant.

heroes-of-the-storm-series-1-nova-terra-63ef0 devil-may-cry-afa02NECA was the first booth I checked out, because they announced they’re doing figures based on Blizzard’s “Heroes of the Storm”, which is my current MOBA jam. The large prototypes on display  looked great (NOVA! <3), and I’m eager to see what the final products look like this summer. Also on display were more Simpsons Celebrity figures, Pacific Rim toys, more Aliens and Predator figures, as well as Planet of the Apes. The most surprising had to the often delayed Player’s Select Dante figure ( Devil May Cry 1 none the less), which looks to be the most accurate/best version of the character to date. NECA will also continue to do NES/Genesis era versions of their licensed characters, like Godzilla, Rambo and Predator, because they’re down with that sort of synergy. And finally, expect to see a bunch of figures based on the Playstation hit Little Big Planet, with Sackboy in his original form, plus in the form of other Playstation franchises like Uncharted and God of War.

Flash-TV-Flash-AF-65377 DC-Icons-AF-MisterMiracle-f83a0From there, I paid a visit to the Diamond Selects/DC booth. While most of the non-DC toys were already released, the DC selection was quite rad. Expect to see a ton of new figures & statues based on their non-Constantine TV shows ( Gotham, Flash and Green Arrow, plus classic stuff like Batman 66 & Batman the Animated Series)  dropping in the near future. In addition to that, there’s the DC Icon lines, which seem to be the In-house evolution of the dead Mattel DC Universe Classics line. The first couple of waves are a mix of iconic characters like Batman and Superman, with lesser know ones like Mister Miracle, Deadman, and Blue Beetle III. The $24.95 price tag seems to be justified, although I’m curious if this line will eventually replace the new 52 figures that have been coming out from the company as of late.

 

Pop-Doctor-Who-10th-Doctor-eb9bd Legacy-Firefly-Hoban-Washburne-5f2dfI touched upon Funko earlier, cracking wise about how they have the license for everything, but that’s not that much of an exaggeration. Aside from the usual licenses, expect the POP line to grow with figurines based on Doctor Who, Evolve, Futurama, Bravest Warriors and the Breakfast Club, amongst other. Their Legacy line of 6″ figures will add Firefly, the Rocketeer and Evolve to it’s ranks, and the Faux Classic-Kenner esque line continues to grow, with toys based on Arrow, Breaking Bad, The 5th Element and Terminator 2.

That’s all I’ll cover this time. Next up: More from DC and Funko, some McFarlane Toys plus some cool import Goodness from Bandai, Square Enix and Good Smile!

 

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Bongo Comics, Celebrating 20 Years

Founded in 1993 to publish comics based on The Simpsons, Bongo Comics celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year at this past San Diego Comic Con. On hand to talk about their success were Bongo’s Creative Director Nathan Kane, as well as Terry Delegeane, writer Ian Boothby. and Bill Morrison. Joining them was Chip Duffy, who oversees the Sponge Bob Comics through United Plankton Pictures, to check in with everybody’s favorite damp yellow rectangle. Bongo’s current roster of titles has expanded to include the Simpsons books, Futurama, Sponge Bob Squarepants, Sergio Aragone’s Funnies and Mylo Xyloto. Bongo is a fascinating company. Outside of MAD Magazine, no other publisher is employing such a wide variety of talents. Cartoonists as varied as Jill Thompson, Geoff Darrow, and Gary Gianni have all had a go at either Simpsons or Sponge Bob.

There is no telling who or what could show up between the pages of a Bongo book, and we learned about a few upcoming surprises at the panel. As one of the first panels on the first day, the mood was brisk and jovial. The crowd was more of a small throng, mixed with the young and the old. Bill Morrison started out to announce that, based on the success of the Simpsons online comics and iphone./mobile app, Futurama was going to get the same mobile treatment. Bill was not sure of the launch date, nor was he certain on whether the content would be new or reprints. “So you have no information?” joked Nathan Kane. “There’s going to be an Ap.” Bill retorted.
A slideshow presented images from past and present Simpsons titles, including a Mad Magazine parody issue, and a 3D title featuring the Simpson’s Professor Frink. We were shown pages from a Gail Simone penned Mr. Burns story, which featured the bald baddie up to some nefarious skulduggery. Free Mr. Burns masks on sticks were available at the Con from the Bongo booth, making the evil Nuclear baron a common sight. We got a preview of this year’s upcoming Simpsons’ Tree House of Horrors book. Always a highlight, this anthology of will feature a Cthulhu story written by Len Wein with art by Dan “Nocturnals” Brereton, a rocket car tale from Bongo stalwart Tone Rodriguez and a ten page story from Doug Moench where the free beer festival Homer has been lured to might just be a murderous haunted house. Playful banter and energy was the predominant flavor amongst the panelists. A fan asked whether past, cancelled titles could ever make it back to publication. Al joked that they have no marketing strategy, and that they publish whatever, whenever.
A Simpsons Colossal Compendium was announced, a new yearly numbered Omnibus style reprint book which will feature the best of the best from main Simpsons’ titles, anthologies, seasonal specials and one-shots. Chip Duffy was then given the floor to fill all in on all things Sponge Bob. Chip showed off some pages from the incredibly talented Jacob Chabot, one of the regular artists working for Bongo. Jacob is the genius behind Dark Horse’s Mighty Skullboy Army, and is a talent worthy of MUCH wider recognition.
We saw pages from an upcoming story where Mermaid Man, Bikini Bottom’s Aquaman proxy, must do battle with a new, Namor-esque Sea King. Chip explained how they reached out to Jerry Ordway for the character design, directing him to draw a cross between Rod Stewart and DC’s Killjoy. All in attendance got to see Jerry’s designs, which had a very “Zardoz” feel. Chip announced they’d be seeing new pages from Michael T. Gilbert, Scott Roberts and more! Chip also showed off a spread from a story where Mr. Krabs fulfills a lifelong dream of becoming money, illustrated by The Dan O’Neill. Who?
One of the first, true underground comics was a parody of Mickey Mouse entitled Air Pirate Funnies. The book was fun, dirty and smart, and actually a brilliant challenge to the longstanding copyright laws as they existed. Needless to say, Dan and pals were sued almost out of human existence by Disney.
But, years later, Bongo let him draw some Sponge Bob. THAT is why Bongo stands tall amongst publishers. Safe material with risky voices, unpredictable, but always inspired, Bongo may be one of the biggest names in “Kid Friendly,” but they will thrill and surprise anybody who loves the art of comics.

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This week in new arrivals: Pirate-Batman, Supergods and the World’s Tiniest Fighters!

By Chris Troy

It’s a good week to be a nerd, FPNYC faithful! Captain America is kicking ass in theaters (stay after the credits btw, the teaser for the next big Marvel movie is amazing!), there’s a plethora of awesome news coming from San Diego Comic Con (Play Arts Batman?!?!?!? Square-Enix, you are too kind!) and Grant Morrison‘s “Supergods” is on shelves! Grant is arguable my favorite writer working in comics today, as his runs on New X-men, All-Star Superman, JLA and various Batman titles are without a doubt my favorite take on those characters. “Supergods” is a non-fiction novel which tells the history of comics, as well the story of Grant’s own life. A $30 hardcover novel, I’m about 3/4th through it and I can honestly say it’s a solid auto-biography/history lesson. Just expect a lot of Morrison’s crazy-babble when it comes to his experiences with drug-use during his time writing “The Invisibles” and a bit of Alan Moore bashing (which as much as I like the man’s work, is deserved at times). Some of the copies we have are signed as well, so it’s worth adding to your bookshelves if you want a fascinating look into the life of one of comics’ most talent writers, as well as a pretty solid history of the medium. Continue reading

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Giving The Gift of Comics

This year for Christmas, as with all years, I gave my Dad Comic Books.

My family, maybe like yours, doesn’t understand me at times. Some of them try, many of them don’t. I admit I’m a big weird geek who likes strange things, though from their perspective I’m still playing with toys and watching cartoons far beyond an age where they find that sort of thing palatable. When I make money from being a creative weirdo they’re proud. When I’m not, well…

I can try to justify my life to them but I realized a long time ago that I don’t have to.  I’m myself and that’s the only person I’ll ever be.

I’ve given up hope I’ll convert any family to my (admittedly) eclectic tastes. While I lived in NYC the conversations I had with my fam at the yearly holiday party were generally centered on “When are you moving home?” Now that I live in my cave slightly closer to my kin the conversation is “Why did you ever what to live there,” when it’s not “So when are you moving back?”

NO, I can’t convince any of them to watch Metalocalypse or read the Goon. They’ll never get what I see in Futurama or Neil Gaiman. They’ve heard of 300 the film but couldn’t care less that it was a comic, they don’t see what so exciting about the Dr. Who Christmas special (SOOOO GOOOD!) and they sure don’t see much of my view-point.

The one guy I reach out to with all this is my old Man. Continue reading

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X-Futurama-Men

From Deviant Art member gottabecarl :

A friend of mine suggested one day that it would be cool to see the characters of Futurama as X-Men and so I drew him Fry as Cyclops. For some reason I couldn’t just stop there…and what came of it was a pretty extensive illustration with some of the most obscure characters from both the X-Men and Futurama universes.

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(thanks to Sci Fi Wire for hipping me on to this!)

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Futurama to Return With New Episodes

Good news, Gang!  A new season of Futurama is on its way, set to premiere in a few short days on Comedy Central.

FuturamaNewSeasonEpisode2“Futurama” is back! Everybody’s favorite zany group from the future has returned with twelve brand-new episodes, premiering on Comedy Central June 24th at 10PM. Twentieth century boy Philip J. Fry is still jetting around the universe with his favorite drunken robot, one-eyed mutant, mad scientist, rule-abiding Jamaican accountant and Nibblonian monster in a host of brand-new adventures from the team at Planet Express.

Hatched from the mind of “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, “Futurama” blasts contemporary culture and science fiction alike with an animated comedy barrage. Hapless NYC pizza guy Philip J. Fry makes a fateful delivery to a cryonics lab on New Year’s Eve, 1999 when he’s accidentally flash-frozen until the next millennium. Reawakened in 31st century New New York, he finds work at his great-great-etc. grandnephew’s Planet Express delivery service. Together with his hedonist robot buddy bender and cyclopsian love interest Leela, Fry travels to the farthest reaches of the universe. Along the way they discover strange alien life forms, velour-clad lotharios, freaky mutants, intergalactic conspiracies and the disembodied heads of celebrities throughout the ages.

You can jazz yourself up for the new season by following a countdown to 6/24/10- filled with stills, interviews, videos and other neat stuff- on the show’s Facebook page.

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Weekend Update.

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Enjoy the cover to the final issue of “Planetary” by John Cassaday [Click to get the full size version, and trust me you’ll find yourself lost in it for a good ten minutes].  Over the weekend, some other news broke:

  • Matt Brady is leaving Newsarama.  To be honest, I’ve always thought Brady and Comic Book Resources Boss Jonah Weiland would be like Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, and the only way they would leave their jobs is if they dropped dead doing it.  Graeme McMillan, a former Newsarama contributor, leaves a very enjoyable note on Brady retiring.
  • In other, “ama” news, the “Futurama” voice actors may be replaced.  Way to bury the hatchet this weekend, gentlemen.  Sure, I’m happy that its coming back, and hopefully it doesn’t become what “Family Guy” has become–a series of the same jokes that were funny for three seasons but now are just plain annoying.
  • io9 reports on new clips for the “Astro Boy” animated movie. Next to “Where the Wild Things Are” I cannot wait for this movie. It just looks gorgeous.  If you haven’t already, check out the trailer. To be honest with you, I think it should win Best Animated Movie at the Oscars.

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